It’s about shifting or changing the basic underlying assumptions. I recently reread Edgar Schein’s seminal book “Organizational Culture and Leadership”1. Schein identifies culture as “a pattern of shared basic assumptions learned by a group as it solved its problems of external adaptation and internal integration, which has worked well enough to be considered valid and, therefore, to be taught to new members as the correct way to perceive, think and feel in relation to those problems”. Read More
This is the first time Action Learning was used as a tool for a succession planning project in an organization. One’s experience as a senior executive coach with more than 1,000 coaching hours is a good basis for becoming an Action Learning Coach. In addition, having worked in the Human Resource Development Department and Organization Development in a large organization for 20 years, and combining both one-on-one and team coaching with Action Learning in the whole development process are very beneficial for this successor development program. Read More
Leaders and managers are faced with competing objectives trying to satisfy all stakeholders. They need to innovate and prepare for the future and at the same time ensure this week’s performance is better than last week’s. They need to recruit talent and make sure it grows and thrives, but also retain existing talent and motivate teams. They need to handle unprecedented crises effectively and at the same time deliver on the top and bottom line, and pretty much everything in between. Read More
An organization is only as effective as its leaders. The Washington Post reported that 4.3 million people left their jobs in January of 2022. At the same time, hiring the right talent is competitive, so it’s important to create a sense of attraction that brings people to you and helps them want to stay in the organization. A 2022 LinkedIn Global Talents report found that professional development is a key driver in retention, and a December 2021 Gallup article opined leadership development as a critical part of helping organizations thrive. Read More
During an Action Learning Session, the team can get to a point that one or more persons discover how he/ she or they are part of the problem. In a fast changing environment around the organization and around the problem of the team, solutions are sometimes found in changing the perspective about the problem, instead of changing some parts of the chain of cause and effect in the environment of the organization. Read More
If there’s anything a WIAL Action Learning coach remembers from their certification program, it is the power of WIAL’s Ground Rule #1: Statements can only be made in response to questions (and anyone can ask a question to anyone else). This ground rule is what makes WIAL Action Learning so powerful, and so different from other forms of Action Learning. Read More
“The first time I witnessed someone facilitating an action learning session, I felt this is what I really want to do. What I saw was everything that I believe in—people talking about different difficult things, people asking questions, people seeing each other as equal,” she said. And so, from a human resources consultant, traveling around the world and helping companies and their people, she has set into a new career path—one that has re-ignited her passion for people development and led her to a fulfilling venture more than anything else. Read More
For the last 2 years I’ve been studying for my Masters in Coaching and Mentoring with Oxford Brookes, which I completed and successful passed in September 2021. My research looked at the use of Action Learning within Team Coaching. I wanted to share with you some of the findings from my research. In this article I share with you what a team coaching model using action learning could look like. Read More
I see opportunity to implement Action Learning in K-12 education at the student level,teacher level, and administrative level. This brief article will cite recent researchWith a history in education since 2000, I see an enormous opportunity to implement Action Learning (AL) within K-12 education and Higher Education. In fact, my doctoral dissertation focused on educational leadership through the lens of AL. The guiding research question asked, What, if any, impact on a building level administrator’s leadership practices result after their participation in an Action Learning program? Read More

WHAT WAS YOUR QUESTION

I’ve been conducting an unscientific experiment when I present in different cities. The nature of the experiment is that I ask folks in the audience – Can you tell me what I should see while I’m in your city? I get answers along the lines of ‘the zoo’, the museum, the mall, a particular restaurant or monument.Eventually, someone catches on and realizes that I did not ask ‘What should I seewhile I am in your city?’ I simply asked ‘Can you tell me what I should see while I am in your city?’ At this point I will typically get the response that I am seeking – YES! Read More
Individual coaching has undoubtedly made a profound and major contribution to personal and leadership development around the world for many decades. However, the world has become too complex, competitive, and fast changing for single leaders to deliver corporate success. Organisations will in future need dynamic, agile and collaborative teams with the ability to adapt to uncertainty. This will require a continuous learning culture, new thinking, and a solid team coaching regimen. Read More

THE REAL PANDEMIC

Globally, we are dealing with a troubling pandemic which has been partially covered by the media for a long time. Today, there are millions of young people worldwide who have lost hope, are depressed, and even considering suicide. They no longer know who to turn to, to discuss their problems and worries. People are often too busy with their personal matters and, therefore are not able to provide these youth with advice and support. Read More